Computer Personnel Research Group Programmer Performance Prediction Study

by Robert N. Reinstedt, B. C. Hammidi, S. H. Peres, E. L. Ricard

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A report of the results of a study undertaken by the Computer Personnel Research Group to gain some insight into the relationship between rated job performance on the one hand, and, on the other, cognitive abilities, vocational interests, and biographical information of computer programmers. A test battery composed of the IBM Programmer Aptitude Test, the Test of Sequential Instructions (a research instrument specially constructed for this study), the Strong Vocational Interest Blank, and a Personal Background Data Form was administered to 534 programmers (301 scientific and 233 business) representing 24 participating companies.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Research memorandum series. The Research Memorandum was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1973 that represented working papers meant to report current results of RAND research to appropriate audiences.

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